Picked 4 1/4 lbs of Raspberries this afternoon!

August 22nd, 2015

berry_16047_mthIt was supposed to rain today, but it ended up being a beautiful day ,bright ,warm and sunny. After the farmers market I went to pick Raspberries at Pustizzi Fruit Farm in Boscawen NH and I will go back tomorrow if the weather holds to pick blueberries. I love picking berries at Joe’s , it is relaxing and most of the time I am the only one who is picking. So I pump up the tunes on my MP3 player and pick till I  reach 7lbs for blueberries and at least 2lbs for raspberries.

Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)

Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)

I stopped at Richardson’s on my way home  to get tomatoes and a quart of their home made Vanilla Ice cream, which I am planning to eat soon with some of the Nectarine Raspberry compote.

The Barbecue relish is done and Corn Zucchini relish is next!

August 21st, 2015
Barbecue relish is Back!

Barbecue relish is Back!

A dozen plus ears of corn are steamed and ready to take off the cob.  The corn will be added to the Zucchini,onions and colored peppers for the Corn Zucchini relish.

Time to Pick Raspberries and Blueberries!

August 19th, 2015
Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)

Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)

It was 67 degrees when we went out and started to pick at 7:30am.  The blueberries weren’t quite ripe , so Brandon only picked 4.5 lbs, I didn’t do much better with the raspberries and picked 3.25lbs.  Later I went out to get some grocery items and stopped at Apple Hill in Concord, NH and they had a box of nectarines that were seconds, so when I got home I took some of the raspberries and the nectarines and made  Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote). I think the next batch I should thicken the syrup some more before adding the Nectarines.

I also made Cucumber pickles with lemon and tomorrow I plan to make Barbecue Relish, which is Zucchini based.

Cucumber pickles with lemon, garlic and a bay leaf!

Cucumber pickles with lemon, garlic and a bay leaf!

Pickled Beets will be back on the shelves soon!

August 1st, 2015
A sheep felted fleece transformed with vegetable dye!

A sheep felted fleece transformed with vegetable dye!

The farmer who I got my beets from last season ,told me today “the beets are ready”. I plan to make 50 jars of pickled beets this season, I only did 31 last season. So I need to figure out what poundage I need to get to the 50 jar mark. The pickled beets will be ready to eat by the beginning of September.

Blueberry Season Begins!

August 1st, 2015

This afternoon I am making lemony Blueberry Lavender Marmalade!  Brandon has been picking blueberries for me while I am working off the farm. I am hoping to pick blueberries tomorrow morning before I go back to work…we shall see!

This was taken at Christmas....he loved to lie right under the tree. Good thing he didn't have a big tail to wag or he would have knocked all the ornaments off.

This was taken at Christmas….he loved to lie right under the tree. Good thing he didn’t have a big tail to wag or he would have knocked all the ornaments off.

On a sad note…we had to put our boy dog Cooper down (he was 12) as he had lymphoma…rest in peace Coop,you were an awesome dog and we will miss you.

60 lbs of Strawberries in the freezer!

July 21st, 2015
Strawberry season was very successful thanks to my wonderful husband!

Strawberry season was very successful thanks to my wonderful husband!

I have to thank my husband for picking and preparing  60lbs of strawberries for freezing!!!!!!! There should be Strawberry Balsamic jelly and Strawberry jam very soon! But cucumbers are starting to come in and making pickles may move to the top of the canning list!

See you at the Markets!

This week the Friday and Saturday Farmers Markets go outside!

May 31st, 2015
Summer Markets begin!

Summer Markets begin!

The weekend rain has been welcome and needed, but I am glad that the predictions for the first days of the summer markets will be sunny and in the 70’s.

Remember:

Weare Farmers Market:

order ahead and pick up at the Summer Market (June 5th, 2015 – Oct 16th, 2015):

The Gazebo in Center Park, next to Weare Middle School intersection East Rd and N Stark Hwy across from the Weare Center Store

3-6:00 PM Fridays

Contoocook Farmers Market-(At the train depot in Contoocook,NH)

2015 Summer markets-order ahead:

Saturdays 9 am to Noon

June 6th, 2015 – October 31st, 2015

Hope to see everyone there!

When you “the farmers market shopper” don’t buy our eggs……….

May 21st, 2015
When eggs are not bought at the Saturday market we make egg salad!

When eggs are not bought at the Saturday market we make egg salad!

We make egg salad.

Now I love egg salad, but I would prefer to have customers buy the eggs. We get enough eggs, due to an egg  not being perfect or cracked. So don’t forget to buy eggs at the next market and come early so you get all the eggs you want!

Don’t get me wrong I love eggs and I cook with them all the time. But once you are use to fresh eggs, having a box  of uncooked eggs in the fridge for more than a week  just feels wrong. So make the red hens happy and don’t forget  your box of incredible, edible eggs!

One of our red hens

One of our red hens

Jams, Jellies, Preserves ,Marmalades & Fruit Syrups are not just for breakfast !

May 12th, 2015

This time of year all of us are looking for a different method of marinating meat for grilling.  These suggestions come from my own experience  so I am not always going to give you a complete recipe. This is a teaser to help you move out of your cooking comfort zone.

lemony blueberry lavender marmalade

lemony blueberry lavender marmalade

1. This Marinade will make your lamb taste fabulous! Marinate covered in the fridge for 2-3hrs before grilling.

-Use a Jelly with mint  or rosemary(1/2 cup) ,  mix with a red wine vinegar & red wine(1/4c each),add some Dijon mustard and fresh chopped rosemary(2 Tbsp each) .

2. Use this Sesame Plum Sauce for glazing chicken or pork. Serve it warm and use as a dipping sauce for meatballs,

dipping sauce

dipping sauce

won tons or spring rolls. -Use red plum jam,damson plum preserves,Spiced Plum syrup or sweet Red Plum Sauce(1Cup), mix with Soy sauce ,lime juice, Chile paste(2 Tbsp each), Minced fresh ginger(1 tsp) and sesame oil(1/2 tsp). Mix in a small saucepan,heat gently over low heat(to prevent burning) just till the sauce bubbles.

Meat loaf my Dad would love!

Meat loaf my Dad would love!

3. Meatloaf can be boring, but if you add 1/2 c of  Sweet tomato chutney to the mix, you can make your meatloaf moist and fabulous. I have always used the Fanny Farmer Cookbook (twelfth edition) recipe for meatloaf but I use rolled oats instead of bread crumbs and I don’t use Worcestershire  sauce. I usually double the recipe and put one cook meatloaf in the freezer for later!

4. Make sweet potato fries and serve with Sweet tomato chutney.

5. For a tasty dessert, especially before the local fruit comes into season. You can make a plain cheesecake(ricotta or cream cheese based) and before you put it in the oven ,swirl warmed jam , jelly  or fruit syrup through the cheese cake in the pan. You can warm  jam or marmalade and spread it on the top of the cooked cheesecake.

recipe from the 1999 edition of Family circle favorite recipes

recipe from the 1999 edition of Family circle favorite recipes

6. Take a plain cake and add warmed jam or preserves to a butter cream or whipped cream filling. Spread the mixture between the layers or spread the warmed jam between the layers.  Take a “Cake Pan”cake (mix cake right in the pan) baked,but still warm and use a toothpick and to put holes all over the cake. Take the warmed jelly ,jam or fruit syrup and pour it over the cake.

We will miss Ring Ding

May 2nd, 2015

Our last Goat Ring Ding passed away  this week, she was 11+ years old, she was the prettiest goat we had . Ring was an aloof kind of goat, but near the end she was very accepting of any love and affections she got. . But no more goats for us…just sheep. So rest in peace goaty girl.

We will miss you!

We will miss you!